This is not intended to be written as a strict philosophical treatise, but rather in a conversational tone. It is my belief that religion is best discussed in such a tone, as people tend to feel overly offended if you go about attacking their beliefs in any other.
So, to start out, I will simply list a few contradictions which I have found. They are all from and you can find them by searching through the list of 381 contradictions. I would highly encourage you to look at said list if these are not enough to convince you that the bible had, in the least, scribing errors. The first step in persuading Christians, or any other religion for that matter, that they should follow reason is to persuade them that their holy book is not all they believe it to be. Once they accept that it is not infallible, they are that much closer to accept what they know God gave them, their reason.
But enough babbling, lets list a few of said contradictions.
-Should you answer a fool according to his folly?-
Answer a fool according to his folly.
Answer not a fool according to his folly.
-Who was Anah?-
The daughter of Zibeon
"Anah the daughter of Zibeon" - Genesis 36:2, 14
The brother of Zibeon
"These are the sons of Seir the Horite, who inhabited the land; Lotan, and Shobal, and Zibeon, and Anah." - Genesis 36:20
"The sons of Seir ... Zibeon and Anah" - 1 Chronicles 1:38
The son of Zibeon
"And these are the children of Zibeon; both Ajah, and Anah: this was that Anah that found the mules in the wilderness, as he fed the asses of Zibeon his father." - Genesis 36:24
"The sons of Zibeon; Aiah, and Anah." - 1 Chronicles 1:40
These are obviously contradictory accounts
-Does God Repent?-
God does not repent.
God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of a man that he should repent.
1 Samuel 15:29
The Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.
I the LORD have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent.
For I am the Lord, I change not.
With whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
For the Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants.
1 Samuel 15:11
It repenteth me God that I have set up Saul to be king.
1 Samuel 15:35
The Lord repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.
It has been argued that repentance can mean two things, either 'repenting of sin' or 'changing in one's ways.' However, I would argue that either definition is absurd in describing the actions of God. If God is all knowing and always good, why would he ever change his ways? Wasn't he right in the first place?
Now I will move to a few cruelties and injustices mentioned
Here is one of the most obvious cruelties mentioned in the bible. Any 'God' which does such a thing deserves to be labeled as evil and not just.
"And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them. - 2 Kings 2:23-24"
In Exodus 7
7:3 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.
7:4 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.
7:5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.
So God "hardened Pharaoh's heart… to make the Egyptians… know that he is LORD"? What kind of God is he? Isn't he playing with loaded dice? Does anybody else think it is unjust that he hardens Pharaoh's heart, and then kills Pharaoh's firstborn son for not letting the Israelites go?
Do you now believe that the bible is not "completely" true? If you need more evidence, then I encourage you to go to the site hard Christians would like me to accept that such cruelty and injustice was in fact just, that God was in fact not committing heinous acts of murder. They would like me to accept the obvious contradictions in the bible "on faith."
So what is my point? Why am I writing this? I am writing it mostly for myself, to solidify my own beliefs. To put down on digital paper what is in my head and thus better understand my own thoughts. What is the point of this article? Why point out the contradictions?
The reason is because I have come to accept that the bible is not completely true. There is only one true book, the book of nature, which is not actually a "book" but rather the world around us. The book of nature is the truly what God has written, it is reality. It is the only medium we have to 'read' God's intents and to determine what is and is not just.
About six weeks ago, I was walking home with a girl and she asked me my religion and why I believed it. I said, "I don't believe in Christianity because I have found a certain contradictions in the bible...to read about which contradiction I was talking about, please refer to my essay Logical Debasement of a Christian God." She blew up, before I could even state the contradiction I found she screamed "I hate it when people say that! There are no contradictions in the bible!"
That is the kind of person who will not be affected from anything I say. I do not think that you are that kind of person.
People, and more specifically, you, believe what you believe because you see the greatest self-interest in that belief, because you hold out hope that those things will all end out all right. Mostly, I believe that people believe in God because they hope that there is some form of justice other than the dejected and evil intent of the filth of most of humanity. They hope for justice. "God will bring me justice" they say.
This is the reason for my belief in God.
But for me, and I hope for you, that is no reason to disregard reason in the sake of the call for "pure faith". If faith involves accepting contradictions, then I will not follow it. God gave me the ability to reason, and there is no greater Gift. I don't care what your book says, I will go with what I know God gave me. He gave me my mind.
I will not accept what I must take on faith. Faith, in the form Christians use, is to cover up lies and contradictions, it is used so that they can continue to live in deceit.
Accept that you can be good, accept that original sin is a contradiction in terms, and you will be set free. Accept that if you are inherently evil, then you can not be held accountable for the actions which lead to such 'evil.' Evil requires choice; sin requires choice. If a lion attacks me, then the lion is no more evil than a rock which falls on my head. But if a man attacks me he is unjust because he can choose not to.
There is no greater sin than to deceive oneself; there is no greater sin than to sacrifice one's one morality. I have committed that sin, and I am still reeling from its consequences. About a year ago, I signed a sheet of paper which said the opposite of what I believed.
That action racked me with guilt. I felt like I had lied to myself, I felt like I had lied to my parents, I felt like I had lied to God. And I had.
I ask you not to commit the same grievous assault on yourself. Stop deceiving yourself and accept what God gave you. Accept that God cannot commit contradictions, that the nature of God is not one of violence and anger, but one of righteous and just love. Accept that if God is good, then you are also capable of good.
Accept that if we have a "knowledge of good and evil" then it is possible for us to tell whether 'God' is good or evil.